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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Sheriff’s office helps S.C. Special Olympics

    We were excited to accept a donation from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics South Carolina.
    The sheriff’s office held its annual Chick-fil-A “sit” on June 1, raising more than $7,000.

  • Letter: Lions’ broom sale helps county’s children

    The Lancaster Lions Club would like to thank Lancaster County Schools for allowing us to test the sight and hearing of elementary school children within the district.
    So far in 2016, we have tested 1,760 kindergartners to fifth graders for sight and found 284 students required follow-up with an optometrist due to various abnormalities. We tested 671 students’ hearing, and 25 were recommended to follow-up with an audiologist.
    We are proud to serve the residents of Lancaster County and look forward to the future.

  • Column: ‘Fabulous food, family fun, fantastic fellowship’

    As far back as I can remember, the Unity in the Community festival started on East Gay Street (The Hill) with some great gospel singing and was the highlight of the weekend.
    We had basketball games, table tennis, dunking booths and dancing in the parking lot and a variety of performers throughout the years. Free food and pounds of fish frying. People were in long lines waiting for the hot fish.
    It was a time for the Lancaster Fatherhood Project to give back to the community. There were great speakers to encourage the community to help each other and unify in spirit.

  • Letter: Endorsing Susan Hunter Wallace for auditor

    Mrs. Cheryl Morgan is retiring as auditor for Lancaster County. I would like to thank her for her many years of service in that capacity. She served long and well and has certainly earned her time of retirement.
    It is a comfort to know that Mrs. Susan Hunter Wallace is running for the position of auditor. She has been a county employee for the past 14 years and has served in the auditor's office the last six years as deputy auditor. I feel that she is well qualified and will oversee this position in an efficient and respectful manner if elected.

  • Column: Session ends with no fix for FOIA – aaaarrrrrgh!

    Editor’s note: This editorial ran in the Index-Journal of Greenwood.

    Oops, they did it again!
    Only it’s not an oops. It’s more of a rude, crude one-finger salute directed at you, the public, the taxpayers.
    South Carolina’s lawmakers have had six years to come to grips with measures designed to strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Act, thanks to Aiken Rep. Bill Taylor and others who recognized years ago that real reform was needed in an effort to create better and more transparent government, government that is accountable to the people.

  • LETTER: Wallace: Consider my hands-on experience as deputy auditor
  • LETTER: Murphy: Spent half my life serving Lancaster County's citizens

    Editor’s note: At the beginning of primary campaign season, we offered candidates a chance to write one letter to the editor before the June 14 vote explaining why they should be elected. In the race for Lancaster County auditor, we ran a letter from Allen Blackmon June 1. Below are letters from the other two candidates in the race. This will be the last opinion page items on the local election before Tuesday’s voting.

  • Column: Sorting out what’s true, what’s spin not so easy

    Someone asked why I hadn’t written anything lately, and I said that my last article was not published because the editor felt I needed more verifications of my sources.
    At first it bothered me, and I felt he doubted my integrity. But after consideration I realized he was right to doubt because, as I told the editor, “there is so much information available from numerous sources that I often consider something factual if it has multiple sources in agreement,” but in today’s world of TV, radio, print media and Internet, that is not always true.